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Richard Carewe has raised his deceased friend's son from childhood with the help of his housekeeper and her beautiful daughter, Phyllis. He arranges a marriage between Phyllis and the boy, but the rascal impulsively marries a notorious nightclub singer, "the Firefly", instead. The femme fatale dumps the boy when she discovers he has no money, but by then Phyllis realizes she is in love with Richard, not his foolish ward. Written by
Myrna Loy was actually a fully trained professional dancer, having studied with Ted Shawn (husband of modern dancer Ruth St. Denis and co-leader with her of the Denishawn company), but "The Truth About Youth" and Warners' all-star musical "The Show of Shows" were among the few movies in which she actually got to dance. See more »
In the Land of Let's Pretend
Music by Harry Akst
Played during the opening credits
Also played when Phyllis is sitting with Dick and Kara at the Firefly
Also played when Phyllis and Dick are alone at the end See more »
I have seen a lot of Myrna Loy films (I can watch her in anything except musicals), and this is without question her worst. What is frightening is she was the only one who was even decent. David Manners was the worst in this film, I can't describe how bad he acted. I usually like Loretta Young. Her eyes are stunning (Perhaps the best pair of eyes in Hollywood history. They were essentially hidden in this film, And I don't know why but she struck me as flat chested as well. I am not saying she was Sophia Loren, but she out did Harlow in "The Platinum Blonde" in the looks (And acting dept) here she simply plain. I will give it 2 stars out of 10. One for Myrna and one for the shock ending, which I won't give away. I will say this, it improves the film, but does not save it.
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